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UK Bar: Intellectual Property 2018

We highlight 33 silks and 21 juniors for their superb expertise across patents, trademarks, copyright and other IP issues across an array of sectors and industries.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Iain Purvis QC 11 South Square
2. Tom Mitcheson QC 3 New Square
3. Simon Malynicz QC 3 New Square
4. Daniel Alexander QC 8 New Square
5. Richard Meade QC 8 New Square
Juniors
1. Mark Chacksfield 8 New Square
2. Isabel Jamal 8 New Square
3. Brian Nicholson 11 South Square
4. Kathryn Pickard 11 South Square
5. Miles Copeland 3 New Square
 

Silks

Leading IP set 8 NEW SQUARE is home to the most silks in our research this year, with 10 of its top names featured.
The “outstanding” Daniel Alexander QC “needs no introduction”, according to sources, who proclaim him a “star of the Bar”. He is well known for covering the gamut of patent and trademark work and he recently led the representation of Actavis in its prominent Supreme Court appeal against Eli Lilly concerning equivalents.
Also playing a prominent role in Actavis v Eli Lilly, Richard Meade QC is widely recognised as “one of the top people” and an “excellent” name for complex technology-related patent disputes.
Adrian Speck QC is highly regarded in the market as a “superb name” for all manner of sophisticated patent work, with sources identifying him for his work in major pharmaceutical cases.
Former solicitor Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is “a robust advocate in court” who is described by colleagues as “delightful to wrok with, very good with clients and very bright”.
Charlotte May QC is a “very impressive” silk who is “excellent with clients” and is particularly highlighted for her work involving Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs). One source says: “She really gets into the detail and is great to work with.”
The “extremely good” James Mellor QC brings more than 30 years’ experience to bear on his high-level IP practice, which features notable expertise in pharma and technology patents as well as complex trademark and copyright cases.
Michael Tappin QC is another “really good” name at the set who sources particularly identify as being “extremely good at handling the technical aspects of cases”.
Tom Moody-Stuart QC is “a master strategist with exceptional technical skills” according to one instructing solicitor, while another praises him as “a great courtroom advocate who really rolls up his sleeves.”

3 NEW SQUARE also performs extremely well this year, and six of its most prominent names are recognised here.
Tom Mitcheson QC is widely recognised as “one of the top few names” at the IP Bar. He frequently appears for major pharmaceutical companies and has appeared in a number of prominent Supreme Court cases, including for Eli Lilly in its case against Actavis. Sources say: “He is exceptionally clever and considers legal argument from every angle.”
Simon Malynicz QC is a specialist trademark practitioner who “has very much got that part of the market cornered”, according to one peer, in part due to his “impeccable knowledge” of the area.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC is “always brilliant” in the IP space, comment interviewees. He is particularly well known for his work in high-tech patent matters, including telecoms and biotech patents.
“Experienced advocate” Andrew Waugh QC is a “calm and very knowledgeable statesman” who is known for his deep expertise in SPCs, patents and copyright matters.
Justin Turner QC is a “highly regarded” name for biotech patents matters and is also experienced in telecoms, software and engineering cases.
Douglas Campbell QC is also recommended as a barrister who “gets on your side and fights hard”.

Another chambers with six silks included is 11 SOUTH SQUARE, maintaining its reputation as one of the “big three” IP sets.
The “absolutely brilliant” Iain Purvis QC tops our research this year, justifying his reputation as “London’s leading IP silk, at the top of his powers”. Sources describe him as “calm under fire from the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal”, also noting his “excellent brain and light touch”.
Hugo Cuddigan QC is a “clever, thoughtful, commercial and collaborative” barrister who is “always open to discuss all the options while also being decisive”. One solicitor adds: “Hugo will always add value legally and tactically.”
Piers Acland QC is another “top-tier” name at the firm, who is “really comfortable with high-tech life sciences matters”, according to interviewees. He “does an incredibly good job at trial” thanks to his “forensic brain, allowing him to go straight to the key points”.

Three QCs from ONE ESSEX COURT are recommended this year.
Geoffrey Hobbs QC is “an encyclopaedic legal technician” who is “rightly regarded as the most sought-after silk for trademark matters” by peers. Sources praise his all-round offering, commenting that “his knowledge is absolutely comprehensive and his advocacy is very persuasive”.
The “excellent” Emma Himsworth QC is particularly knowledgeable in trademarks and passing off matters, while sources also note her for her “great client handling skills”.
Sources, including instructing solicitors, “really rate” Philip Roberts QC for his wide-ranging IP practice, which features notable expertise in IT-related matters.

Juniors

8 NEW SQUARE is home to five excellent juniors in our listings this year.
“Excellent barrister” Mark Chacksfield is described as “a great opponent to have” by sources, who add “He’s very on top of things”. He has a broad patent practice that includes significant experience in mobile telecommunications cases.
Isabel Jamal is one of the highest-regarded juniors in the IP space according to our research, with sources “rating her very highly”. One fellow junior comments: “If you see her name on the pleading, you have to take it very seriously.”
The “brilliant” James Whyte has a broad intellectual property practice but is particularly lauded for his superb expertise in pharmaceuticals. Sources are keen to praise him for his “totally straightforward” approach.

11 SOUTH SQUARE’s eight juniors listed is the most of any firm in this chapter.
Patents expert Brian Nicholson possesses “great insight on technical cases” to go with a “thorough and methodical approach to the legal and technical aspects of a case”. Interviewees also note his “pragmatic approach to problem solving as a particular strength of his practice”.
Chris Aikens is a “frighteningly good” junior who gives “phenomenally mature advice in a way clients like”, according to one instructing solicitor. He possesses the “wide knowledge of scientific principles needed for patents work” alongside a “great attention to detail and excellent people-management skills”.
Tom Alkin combines a “superb eye for detail and formulation of strategy” with a “committed approach and great client care skills”. Another source notes: “Tom is exceptionally bright whilst also being incredibly approachable. This is a very rare combination.”
Anna Edwards-Stuart is a “really good junior” who brings broad and deep expertise to her IP practice, which covers all aspects of trademarks and pharmaceutical patents, among other areas.
Kathryn Pickard is a “highly rated figure at the English Bar” in this area. She wins plaudits for her “thorough and clear analysis resulting in good, pragmatic advice”, as well as her “technical knowledge of a complex area of the law”.

Miles Copeland at 3 NEW SQUARE is an “in-demand senior junior” who is “incredibly assiduous with great attention to detail”. His “no-nonsense and clear advice” is widely appreciated by instructing solicitors and lay clients alike, particularly on complex patent matters.

At HOGARTH CHAMBERS, Amanda Michaels receives effusive praise as an “extremely client user-friendly” barrister who is “commercial in the advice she gives and really understands how to present it to clients”. Her advocacy is similarly lauded, with sources calling her “unflappable before judges” and “deeply knowledgeable, particularly on trademark matters”.

Guy Hollingworth of ONE ESSEX COURT is a senior junior who “stands out” according to peers for his trademarks and passing off practice, which is among the best at the junior Bar.


Scotland

Silks

Roisin Higgins QC of AXIOM ADVOCATES comes “highly recommended” for her “precise drafting skills” combined with an “ability to read the judge’s thinking to optimally shape the way she presents her points”. She primarily handles passing off and trademark infringement matters.

Juniors

At AXIOM ADVOCATES, former solicitor Paul O’Brien “certainly knows his IP”, according to peers, and combines this knowledge with extensive experience and expertise in commercial matters.

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